Have you had any of these key test done lately?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-03-09 15:22:22 -0600
Started 2012-03-01 13:57:40 -0600

Has every Diabetic Connect Family member had these key test done lately?

Diabetes care is our responsibility, the more we know, the more we do, the better we can manage our diabetes!

Between us, our diabetes management team, and our medications we can successfully manage our diabetes and live a happy life with minimal complications!

So if you haven't had these test done recently, ask your doctor to schedule you to have them done, while you are at it ask questions, questions, questions!

The test are:

A1C Blood Test (blood glucose level)

Blood Pressure Test (for possible hypertension)

Blood Lipid Test (cholesterol and risk of C.H.D. test)

Eye Examination (very important)

Microalbumin Test (for possible kidney damage)


Thank you Amy Tenderich for the very informative video!


85 replies

lacat87 2012-03-06 10:01:49 -0600 Report

And because I'm in a special category, I have my islet cells checked every year to see how they are doing. Mine were transplanted into my liver after having my pancreas removed 2 years go.

CaliKo 2012-03-06 11:38:59 -0600 Report

Wow, I didn't know they could do that. Medicine is amazing, isn't it? I hope you are doing well.

lacat87 2012-03-09 15:22:22 -0600 Report

Yes it is pretty cool what new discoveries are going on today! Doing pretty well, thanks for asking.

MAYS 2012-03-06 11:25:02 -0600 Report

How has your health been since the transplant?
Based on your personal experience would you recommend this surgical method to other Type 1 diabetics?

lacat87 2012-03-06 11:43:54 -0600 Report

Still dealing with phantom pain. My brain, as it was explained to me from my surgeon, doesn't know that my pancras is gone! So after meals and occasionally without having anything to eat, I will get belly pain similar to pancreatitis. Because I had my pancreas removed (due to several years of pancreatitis) I then became a type 1 diabetic. So as far as recommending this surgery to other type 1's, no I wouldn't recommend this surgery. This surgery was done so that I would not develope pancreatic cancer down the road. Each time I had pancreatitis, it was like my pancreas was "eaten" away. I also have to take pancreatic enzymes at meals for the rest of my life, in addition to Protonix so I don't develope ulcers, to replace the enzymes that my pancreas made.

MAYS 2012-03-06 12:09:52 -0600 Report

Years ago I had heard of something that really amazed me just as the mechanical artificial heart did when I was in high school, the artificial pancreas.
They have been working on a "Artificial Pancreas" and whenever they seem to take a major step forward there are a few steps that are taken backwards.
But finally there seems to be some major headway accomplished:


What do you think about it?

MAYS 2012-03-06 11:58:21 -0600 Report

I had posted a few discussions, news articles and videos on the subject in the past as well as pancreatic transplants because I wanted people to know that there are so many options that ae available to type 1 diabetics.

Most people do not understand that Type 1 diabetics either produce very little insulin (not suitable for use) or none at all so taking insulin injections is not an option, it's a necessity.
I was just curious about any side effects, good or bad, reading medical reports are one thing, hearing it from an actual living source is much more meaningful to me.

alanbossman 2012-03-05 22:05:42 -0600 Report

results are everything is good numbers but my A1c was up a little at 6.2 never been that high most of the others were 5.6,5.5,5.4,5.4 and 5.3 May have to try a little harder next time

2012-03-06 16:57:12 -0600 Report

Hey Alan, if I didn't enjoy looking @ that GORGEOUS little girl of yours, I'd permanently kick you off this site for having A1C#s that I can only dream about!! LOL!!l But in all seriousness CONGRATS on having such terrific #s!!

alanbossman 2012-03-07 21:09:54 -0600 Report

Thank you Annalease I do try to keep my numbers in line and the little girl is my grandaughter and the love of my life she keeps me going.

2012-03-08 00:01:06 -0600 Report

Well Alan I guess it's true, my friend. You've fallen for younger women. And this young lady is simply beautiful. When she gets older, she will break many a boys hearts. But right now it's Grandpa's. Lol

MAYS 2012-03-06 11:08:03 -0600 Report

Your numbers are excellent!
I can see why you may be a "little" disappointed in your latest numbers.
But I know that you will once again have numbers in the 5 rrange.
How about a few words on what you are doing to achieve such great numbers?

alanbossman 2012-03-06 14:07:34 -0600 Report

Well I just try to eat portion size meals more vegs on my plate,fish,chicken and turkey. I eat more salads. Also no white stuff. I do keep my weight down to normal for the last 4 years.

2012-03-09 15:02:19 -0600 Report

Well I am a vegan who also doesn't eat any white stuff, nor do I eat anything that is "illegal" according to the diabetic food guide, exercise daily, & I still can't get my A1Cs down. Oh well, I'll just try harder.

lacat87 2012-03-06 11:17:48 -0600 Report

yes mays, good idea! like to know myself. l'm type 1 and would like to learn how that happened.

draco59 2012-03-05 12:12:45 -0600 Report

my last ones were done in August, I'm due for a new round.

MAYS 2012-03-05 12:56:22 -0600 Report

Way to go, it's always good to know that diabetics are on top of their diabetes!
So, let's schedule up some new tests with your diabetes medical team and here's to looking forward to even better numbers this time than you had before!

draco59 2012-03-05 15:15:23 -0600 Report

I'm in the process of swithing Doctors, but it will be some time this month. They were pretty good last time, my Trig was up alittle but every thing else was good.
Thanks MAYS…

MAYS 2012-03-06 11:10:53 -0600 Report

Make sure that the harmony that existed between you and your last medical team exist with your new one, keep up the good work and let's try to bring down the Trig numbers a little!

lacat87 2012-03-04 13:20:31 -0600 Report

Amen, to that! Just wanted to put my little 2 cents worth in here about eye exams. I was diagnosed 2 years ago as a type 1. So this past fall I had my first exam with an diabetic optometrist. This person is in a practice with opthal. doctors who deal mainly with diabetics. It costs a lot more than the regular optometrist, but I feel better knowing I'm with a practice that can specialize with diabetics. And I'm worth it! So I'm saying maybe we all here should be seeing a diabetic eye doctor.

MAYS 2012-03-05 10:39:30 -0600 Report

Well said!
I agree with you (you are worth it) we should all take this same attitude towards diabetes management and wellness.
We are worth it, if it helps to make us better, it's no trouble at all!

2012-03-03 17:47:54 -0600 Report

Every 3 months!! All but the eye exam. (get that done once a year) But all lab work (including the 1s you have mentioned) are done every 3 months. (just got the results back. everything is fine, & my A1C went down. From a 13.2 to a 9.5) Yeah!

MAYS 2012-03-05 10:40:40 -0600 Report

Great news on the reduction!
Whatever you are doing is obviously working, don't stop now!

KarynCandy29 2012-03-03 17:02:25 -0600 Report

Me too!!Have had all except the Eye exam that will be done this month on the 28th..kind of scared about it…when I took the class at the hospital there was this other member who had type 1 diabetes ,when he got up the next morning he lost the sight in one eye..he said it was so strange he went to bed seeing with both eyes,woke up only able to see out of one eye..a month later and he still could not see out of that one eye..

MAYS 2012-03-05 10:45:43 -0600 Report

There is nothing to be afraid of, once you get your test results back and devise a plan of action with your diabetes care team and manage your diabetes, all will be fine.
The "beauty" of diabetes is this, "we" can control it, unlike most other chronic diseases.
So put your fears to rest, look forward to a bright, cheerful, wonderous life!
There is a great deal in life to witness, beauty is all around you, and you will see it!

KarynCandy29 2012-03-05 14:44:37 -0600 Report

Hi Mays,Thanks for your positive upbeat post..I am trying …for now
I will just take it one day at a time..I like your way of thinking~:0)

MAYS 2012-03-06 11:15:49 -0600 Report

Aw shucks, I'm blushing!
Thanks for the compliment, it's so easy to get depressed as a diabetic so aia believe that we should always have a positively, honest outlook on things, especially thaose that we can control, as you stated "One day at a time."

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-03 17:48:08 -0600 Report

Don't be scared to have the exam, it won't hurt at all. Take someone with you though as you'll most likely have your eyes dilated(by drops) and you can drive, but better not to. I have lost my vision for a week and it came back. I have also had five different contact lenses to choose from at the same time, had to try them each day for the right one only to have my vision clear up 6 mo later and not need them. So, you just need to stay on top of this and try to prevent problems or catch them early.

I'm sure you'll be fine, but good luck to you anyway:)

KarynCandy29 2012-03-03 21:33:36 -0600 Report

Hi Red flower lady, Thank you for helping to calm my fears..wow I didn't know that vision can come back like that..I thought once it was gone that was it… I won't be going alone when I get my eyes checked ,my daughter will come with me ,she is going to take the day off of work..neither of us drive ,I can't due to seizures from Hydrocephalus..and my daughter doesn't drive yet..but I do have a driver who takes me to my doctor appointment …ect..Thank you for your kindness~

northerngal 2012-03-04 14:23:02 -0600 Report

Make sure you bring dark sunglasses. With your pupils dilated, your eyes can't adjust to bright light (especially sunlight) and it will be nearly impossible to tolerate it. I sometimes wear a wide brimmed hat (or baseball cap for the guys and gals who wear them) just to keep direct light out of my eyes. Your pupils will remain dilated for 12-18 hours, so if you have difficulty reading things with them dilated, you may want someone around who can assist with glucometers, injections etc. The drops and exam don't hurt, the lights just seem extremely bright and your eyes will probably tear up. Don't worry, they see that all the time! Hope everything checks out well for you.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-05 07:49:41 -0600 Report

wow 12-18 hours northerngal,Thank you for all your great suggestions..I will be sure to get a dark pair of sunglasses and get the help I need with my meds and meter..I have a few hats here I can take one with me for extra care..as it is I hate bright sun light,for years now the brightness outdoors bothers my eyes badly…

jigsaw 2012-03-04 12:08:51 -0600 Report

I also get my eyes checked once a year. Many eye problems such as retinopathy, glaucoma etc can be controlled with medical supervision. Sometimes the very early stages of these eye diseases are undetectable and progressive and without an eye exam you are putting yourself at unnecessary risk. Of course it's best to avoid them when possible, otherwise nip it in the bud with routine eye exams. The eye exam is painless.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-05 08:01:49 -0600 Report

Thank you for the information jigsaw,I'll be sure to take it to heart..I think I'll be okay now..one step at a right..right..:0)

Young1s 2012-03-04 12:32:05 -0600 Report

Yes painless but weird. That lens they put on my eyeballs to look at the back of my eyes was something straight out of mid-evil times. Hate to think of what that felt like before they came up with the eye numbing solution. Had my eye exam last month so I don't have to look forward to that for another year. Whew.

jayabee52 2012-03-04 14:09:04 -0600 Report

Whenever I had it done, they put some drops in my eyes which dialated my pupils and then they looked at the back of my eye with some kind of magnifying lens. Nothing except the drops touched my eyeball.

jigsaw 2012-03-04 14:03:12 -0600 Report

They must have used a different technique to check your eyes. Did any instruments actually touch your eyes ? My exam was totally non intrusive.

Young1s 2012-03-04 14:41:01 -0600 Report

Yes it did! It was this handheld magnifier that she used. She numbed my eyes, put some gel in the on the tip of the device that was shaped to fit the iris of the eye, spread my eyelids and put it right smack on the cornea. Then she rotated it left and right a couple of times. This was done for both eyes. Like I said weird!

jigsaw 2012-03-04 14:58:10 -0600 Report

Apparently, there are at least three different types of tests that are utilized by opthamologists to check eye pressure. I think I prefer the one that I had. The one that you had sounds very unappealing, I agree.

northerngal 2012-03-04 14:25:42 -0600 Report

The little piece that they touch your eyes with is to check the pressure. Thats a symptom of glaucoma starting when the eye pressure becomes too high. They usually check that at least once per year, more often if the numbers change.

jigsaw 2012-03-04 15:06:39 -0600 Report

That's apparently a different test also. Apparently there are a few different types of eye pressur tests.

Lizardfan 2012-03-03 16:30:23 -0600 Report

Count me in the up to date group! Eye exam in April, I get my diabetic labs four times a year, cholesterol and microalbumin yearly as scheduled. And most important I have had my women's health exam already this year and mammography too!

MAYS 2012-03-05 10:33:18 -0600 Report

Glad to hear the news!
It's always a good thing to have all of your test done yearly, both male and female.
Mammography (women) and PSA test (men) are essential for our health and well being, your position at the top of the list in this discussion is justified!

alanbossman 2012-03-03 08:57:41 -0600 Report

Have had all test done a week ago except eye exam which is done in august. No result back yet.

MAYS 2012-03-03 13:51:33 -0600 Report

Alan, its always good to hear fom you!
Glad to see that you are on top of your diabetes health, I know that your test results will come back on a positive note!

DeanaG 2012-03-02 15:01:23 -0600 Report

A1C - February 2012
Blood Pressure - Daily
Lipid panel - November 2011, next one scheduled for April
Eye Exam - May 2011, next one scheduled for May
Microalbumin - November 2011, next one scheduled for April

MAYS 2012-03-03 13:49:07 -0600 Report

Well documented!
It's always great news to hear about someone managing their diabetes.
Let's see you are either a lawyer, accountant, concerned diabetic…

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-01 21:23:27 -0600 Report

I've had all of these, will receive results next week on the second go around, 6 months as a T1, boy I wish I had a penny for every time Ive been poked since then, Lol!

northerngal 2012-03-04 14:30:59 -0600 Report

I know it doesn't seem possible, but you get so used to all the pokes that it becomes no big deal. As newly diagnosed, you will have to endure a lot more than you will later on. It takes a year or more to know how well things are going and what, if anything may need to be changed. All the record keeping can seem overwhelming, but its worth it. If you have a good MD, every bit of information you give them will help in adjusting things, and getting the best possible control. Then you adjust things only slightly as you need to. Keep at it!

MAYS 2012-03-03 13:44:21 -0600 Report

Glad to hear that, keep us informed on your test results!
If you can find a way to get a penny for you pokes, please let me know.
(I could use the extra money!)